Judeo-Spanish from the Balkans - Series 12

The Recordings by Julius Subak (1908) and Max A. Luria (1927)

This CD/DVD boxset, comprising a richly documented booklet, gathers historic Judeo-Spanish recordings from the Balkans. Released in 2009 in the serie audio and phonographic documents of the Science Academy of Austria - Collection Full history of the years 1899 – 1950, it is edited by Christian Liebl

The boxset gathers on one hand 15 audio field recordings taken in 1908/1909, by Julius Subak searcher and teacher from Austria ; and on another hand, 26 field recordings taken in 1927, by the American Max A. Luria. The aim of these recordings is above all ethnomusicological, more than artistic.

In 1908/1909, Julius Subak (1872-1936), teacher and searcher, specialist of Roman languages, is thought of by the Balkan imperial Academy of Science Commission to do recordings of Judeo-Spanish practices in the Balkans. He collects the equivalent of 15 phonograms, which will make the first recordings of Judeo-Spanish (or Ladino), aimed for scientific research. These recordings, which gather in particular those from the greatest representatives of the Sephardi community of Sarajevo - such as Abraham A. Cappon, is composed essentially of poems and romances (ballads originally coming from medieval Spain).

In 1927, the American Max A. Luria (1891-1966) starts linguistics research in Monastir (today Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia) as part of his PhD thesis. He makes 26 recordings gathering proverbs and dialogues, but especially many konsežas (folkloric tales), re-giving life to this Judeo-Spanish language, so conservative and authentic.

The contributions of Aldina Quintana Rodríguez, Edwin Seroussi and Rivka Havassy as well as Paloma Díaz-Mas underline the importance of these unique audio documents, in particular for the Judeo-Spanish language, but also for the study of Sefardi music and literature. Coming with transcriptions, they form a precious supplement to the audio testimonies of a once flourishing culture, now on the path of extinction.

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  • Conseja - (Extrait)

  • Dialogue - (Extrait)

  • Love Song - (Extrait)

  • Proverbs - (Extrait)

  • Riddles - (Extrait)

  • Romance - (Extrait)

  • Two poems - (Extrait)

  • Zionist hymn - (Extrait)

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